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Professor saves herself and family by eating twigs and drinking urine after car got stuck on snowy road

By Mason White 5:22 PM December 28, 2016
Karen Klein and her family
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A thoughtful professor managed to stay alive and help her family by eating twigs and drinking her own urine, according to police in Arizona.

47-year-old Karen Klein of Palmer Township, Pennsylvania, who is a biology professor at the Northampton Community College, ran into trouble during a sightseeing trip to the Grand Canyon.

Klein, her husband Eric, 47, and their 10-year-old son Isaac, were driving through the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, when it began snowing.

When they reached the edge of the Grand Canyon National Park, things began to go downhill as the road got covered with snow.

Klein tried to turn around their rental car and drive back to Utah, but they became stuck in a ditch. Klein decided to walk back to the main road in order to get help, leaving her husband to care for their son Isaac.

When Klein got to the main road, she realized that it was shut down due to the snow. Since there was no chance to find anyone on the closed road, she decided to continue walking to get help.

After walking for many hours, Klein ran out of food and water.

She started eating twigs and drinking her own urine to stay hydrated. After walking 30 miles for 30 straight hours, she found an empty cabin and some blankets.

It was then that rescuers found her and the rest of her family.

Klein, her husband and their son were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for frostbite and released.